DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 24, 2020

— nation’s only deaf and world’s only deaf?

‘Deaf Trucker Girl’ whose real name is Candice Lureman
was profiled in an Australian newspaper as her nation’s
only deaf female truck driver – and – as the world’s
only deaf female allowed to drive super-huge trucks.
DeafDigest editor is not sure of the “world’s only”
distinction that the newspaper claims. This being
said, do we have other deaf female super truckers
that we don’t know about?


— rating these small towns according to criteria

WalletHub, a personal finance web site, ran a survey
of Ohio’s 186 small towns – these real, as-is small
towns, not part of a bigger metro area. One of the
criteria WalletHub used to rate these small towns
is this:

a school district with a well-run program for deaf children

While this is a good criteria, how would WalletHub
determine if a school district in one small town
is better than another school district in another
small town? WalletHub people are financial
specialists, not deaf education specialists!


— Streetcar 82 helping town politics

Streetcar 82 is a well-known deaf operated, deaf
run brewery in Hyattsville, MD. Most of the patrons
are hearing, including the town police chief who
likes to stop by for a pint after he gets off
duty. Anyway the local Hyattsville government
is testing closed captions on webcasts of
council meetings. Did Streetcar 82 push for
these captions? Surely, not – but every council
member knows what Streetcar 82 is all about,
as a symbol of a deaf-owned business doing
Hyattsville proud. Come to a council member
with a deaf issue, and he will immediately
think of Streetcar 82.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 23, 2020

— financially challenging times for deaf service agencies

Because of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becoming effective
this year, the nonprofit agencies, especially those that
work with the deaf, will face new challenges in fund
raising. This law raises the amount of money one could
donate – just to get a tax break. Challenges mean
creating better ways to get donations – face to face
meetings with donors, using social media to create
agency visibility, staying with agency goals
amd missions, hosting one or two annual BIG fundraisers,
be open with public on what deaf agency have been
doing for deaf clients and also on missions and goals.
Keep in mind, this is not just a Deaf Agency challenge
but a challenge for all agencies (deaf and hearing).


— Deaf Glass Bottle has a great value

Way back in 1880’s deaf artist Andrew Clemens
specialized in putting layers of sand of different
colors into tall glass bottles. His glass bottles
sold for just a few dollars at that time. During
an episode of the TV Antiques Roadshow program,
an appraiser estimated that Clemens’ work would
be valued at $30,000 – $50,000 nowadays!


— laws on truck drivers and the deaf truck driver

Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
has given about 600 waivers to allow deaf individuals
to attend trucking schools and become full time truck
drivers, the anti-deaf trucking restrictions are still
on the administration books. There is a “war” going on –
instructors of truck driving schools do not want deaf
truck drivers; agencies that work with the deaf want
the deaf to be allowed to drive trucks. At this point,
no one knows what it is going to happen.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 22, 2020

— actress Katie Leclerc and the deaf

Katie Leclerc has played deaf roles. She has said
she is not deaf but has a hearing loss. Not sure
what is this supposed to mean – deaf people are
basically broken down into four categories –
profoundly deaf, severely deaf, moderately deaf
and mildly deaf. Certainly she functions as a
hearing person, because she has also played
many, many hearing roles. Best to leave it at
that! One thing for sure – it is fun to watch
her perform in many different roles.


— ASL and these European sign languages

Royal Society Open Science published an article
written by linguists that say that the European
sign languages have roots, coming from five separate
sign languages – Austrian, Swedish, French,
Spanish and British. While Americans and the
British people share the same spoken and
written language, the ASL comes from French
Sign Language, not the British Sign Language.
British fingerspelling is two-handed; ASL
fingerspelling is one-handed.


— unrealistic TV plot about the late-deaf

The NCIS Season TV series has a plot about
a late-deafness character. Upon being deaf,
the character quickly became an expert
lipreader; the character fired a weapon,
unaware of the command telling to stop firing;
co-workers unaware of her deafness despite
red flags that went up all the time.
Discussed, though, during the program was
that other nations allow the deaf to serve
whereas the deaf in USA cannot serve.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 21, 2020

— swab test said to detect deafness

a newspaper story said that a new genetic test,
which consists of swabbing the baby’s cheeks
could help detect deafness. These swabs took place
at two hospitals in United Kingdom. Best is to wait
and see if it really works in the long run.


— trend: better captions or low-cost (free) captions

The National Court Reporters Association is
pushing for students to enroll in captioning
courses to become well-qualified captioners.
The local government agencies is pushing for
software that will provide free captions.
Two trends clashing with each other?


— a Coda scared of interpreting

A Coda, with a long line of deafness in his family
tree, said signing socially is much different
from doing professional interpreting. For that
reason, getting trained to be a certified
interpreter, wasn’t an option with him. After
going through employment layoffs, he then
decided to get an intpreting certification.
He is happy now, so is the Deaf Community.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 20, 2020

— Iowa possibly not ready for deaf and disabled on Caucus Day

The Republican and Democratic groups and disabled activists
are working at the last minute to have deaf/disabled voters
ready for full participation on Caucus Day. There are
concerns that it is all talk and no action and at the end of
Caucus Deaf, the deaf and disabled voters will continue
being disappointed.


— the truth to the filing of ADA lawsuit

A deaf person has filed a lawsuit with a video
provider for not having the contents captioned.
Amid much furor, it was learned that the person
filing the lawsuit, is a serial lawsuit filer –
he has filed lawsuits in the past, here and there,
left and right. And what did the video provider say?
That they carry captions, just that the deaf person
did not know where to turn on the magic CC button!


— Brewability employs the deaf and the disabled

Brewability is a craft beer pub in Englewood, CO.
The sign at the door says:

we hire the disabled

The brewery, with a staff of about 25, has a number
of deaf employees as well as with hearing employees
with other disabilities. They all perform all
duties – bartending, serving drinks, making
pizza, counting the change as the cash register, etc.
Any difference between Deaf Beer and Hearing Beer.
No. A bad beer is bad; a good beer is good.


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